Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Urban Boys by K.N. Smith

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The Goth Girl Reads is proud to be a part of the blog tour for The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith. Don’t forget to check out the other blogs on the tour as well!

About the Book

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THE URBAN BOYS
Author: K.N. Smith
Pages: 292
Release Date: September 29th, 2015
Publisher: Two Petals Publishing

SYNOPSIS:

The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses is an action-adventure story about five teen boys who are mysteriously exposed to a foreign energy source that gives them extremely heightened senses. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell become hypersensitive gifts that forever change the world. The story chronicles their effortless interrelations and later exposes the testing of their deep bonds. It introduces the reader to an array of supporting characters who alter the boys’ lives forever. The Urban Boys offers young and mature readers central themes of loyalty, responsibility, honesty, fear, and triumph, which become artfully integrated with cinematic-level action and high drama. The story twists, turns, and grinds through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in a diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narrative!

Overview: The story’s small town of Danville Heights, a carefully crafted universe, contrasts with the dark, gloomy town of Sandry Lake, where evil abounds. Upon the boys’ mysterious incident with the energy source, they’re instinctively called to Sandry Lake to root out evil. Their senses guide them each time. However, secrecy about their mission, furious battles with evil thugs, extreme fatigue, and stress and pressure soon overwhelm the boys, but they must find a way to embrace their fate. A lurking, Dark Stranger seems to know their plight, and a strikingly beautiful, fearless girl lends way to heightened confusion. Shocking details about these two characters, and the evil antagonist, the dreaded Druth, twist and grind the story even further.

Despite tension and fierce battles, will the boys hold it together long enough to fulfill their destiny?

Intriguing, intelligent, and full of action, The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses offers a memorable, emotion-packed, thrilling ride for young and mature readers alike!

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About the Author

knsmithK.N. Smith is an American author and passionate advocate of childhood and family literacy programs throughout the world. She continues to inspire students of all ages to reach their highest potential in their literary and educational pursuits. Her creative, lyrical flair sweeps across pages that twist, turn, and grind through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narratives. K.N. Smith has over twenty years’ experience in writing, communications, and creative design. She lives with her family in California.

WEBSITE: www.knsmith.com
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Giveaway

1 Winner will get a $15.00 iTunes gift card
2 Winners will each receive a signed copy of THE URBAN BOYS
20 Winners will get eCopies of THE URBAN BOYS

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Tour Schedule

February 1st Insane About Books REVIEW
February 2nd The Goth Girl Reads (You Are Here)
February 3rd Once Upon A Twilight
February 4th The Book Reaper REVIEW
February 5th Owl Always Be Reading
February 6th G. Jack Writes REVIEW
February 7th Book Hounds YA
February 8th The Serial Reader REVIEW
February 9th Girls *Heart* Books
February 10th Shelf_Life REVIEW
February 11th Her Book Thoughts
February 12th Community Bookstop REVIEW
February 13th Arvenig.it REVIEW
February 14th My Book Addiction REVIEW

 

Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway: PULL by Anne Riley

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The Goth Girl Reads is proud to be a part of the PULL by Anne Riley blog tour! Read on for more information about the book, a review of the novel, and a giveaway!

About the Book

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PULL
Author: Anne Riley
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

SYNOPSIS:

Rosie Clayton witnesses a mugging on her first night in London—and then the scene rewinds itself.

She finds herself standing in the same place again, with the mugging happening just like before, except this time a stranger steps in and stops it. There’s no way the same incident can have two outcomes. Rosie thinks she’s losing her mind, until just a few days later, the stranger saves her.

The stranger, Albert, and his band of misfit crime-fighters, have the special ability to Pull, which allows them to rewind just enough time to undo a recent event. Someone is hunting Albert and his crew– and now that Rosie’s been seen with them, she’s a target too. Rosie is left with no choice but to trust Albert to keep her safe.

As Rosie learns more about this unbelievable ability and the people – if you can call them that – who want them dead, she discovers that the group’s desire for her blood might be more than mere coincidence. Each step into this magical side of London introduces Rosie to a family history that she never knew existed, and dangerous forces that could unravel her world in an instant.

Her family may be the reason they’re all being hunted—and she may be the only one who can figure out how to save them. Sure, between the lot of them, they have a few shots to get it right. The thing about Pulling, though, is you have to be alive to do it.

Review

PULL is a pretty good story. The concept sort of reminds me of Dr. Who without the police box and with more limited time traveling abilities. As I recall, Dr. Who could show up in any time period, whereas Rosie, Albert, and his crew are only able to rewind a short period of time–just barely enough to undo a recent event that shouldn’t have happened.

I liked the book quite a bit, but I did find it hard to focus on the story at times. There were a few things that didn’t quite make sense to me, but it’s entirely possible that I was just too distracted by my impending return to school and academic life to fully grasp the nuances of the story.

As for characters–I think the characters are well-written and well-thought out. I completely sympathize and empathize with Paul and how much it hurts him to have to see people he loves in various degrees of illness or injury. I’ve been there and done that and so Paul’s character is one I can relate to. I didn’t relate so much to Rosie even though she’s the main character. I just preferred Paul to Rosie.

The book gets a solid 4 stars from me because it is quite good even though I couldn’t stay focused on it.

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About the Author

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Anne Riley is an author of young adult fiction cleverly disguised as a high school Spanish teacher. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her family.

Anne began writing at the ripe old age of nine, when she penned a literary classic about… well, she doesn’t really remember what it was about, but she’s pretty sure the main characters were ferrets.

These days, she writes stories about teenagers instead of ferrets.

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Giveaway

3 Winners will each receive an ARC of PULL by Anne Riley
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Book Blitz & Review: The Song That Seduced Paris by Cindy Irish

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My Review

The Song That Seduced Paris is in short, amazing. While it started off a bit rocky for me–I’m seriously glad I wasn’t reading it at work or at school because the opening of the book isn’t exactly safe-for-work/school–I am very happy to report that the beginning of the book did not detract me from continuing with the book. This is a good thing because I’d have missed out on a great book had I given up at that point.

This book is interesting. Gabriel is lonely, which floors those around him because he’s a star in France. But stars are often far more lonely than anyone realizes and Gabriel is one of them. Annie needs to let go of her deceased husband and her painful past. When these two get together it’s fireworks. It just takes a bit for them to actually get going. 😉

The book is so well written I was lost in it every time I picked it up. It made it an easy read and one that was hard to put down once I got into it. This is a definite must-read and I can’t wait for the rest of the series, especially Nico & Michael’s stories. I want to see what kind of women capture their hearts!

Excerpt

Cloaked in darkness, Gabriel thought he was dreaming when she floated past him like a sweet phantom: filaments of timorous light. He didn’t make a sound because he didn’t want to lose this, whatever it was. Stopping at the keyboard, she played seven notes that made him smile: Mary Had A Little Lamb. Why, it was Little Bo Peep, he thought, charmed right out of his trance.

His parents had been very progressive people. They’d wanted him to learn many different cultures and languages, so he’d been tutored in English since he’d been quite young. Childhood memories bombarded him as he remembered one of his favorite nannies, an American woman who used to sing this song to him.

Something awakened inside him then. It felt like happiness.

When she moved toward the window, moonlight caught her just so, and Gabriel lusted. He stopped his groan before it hit the air, but his groin had a mind of its own. He hardened, the urge to thrust nearly overpowering as she crawled up onto the pillowed seat. She opened a locket hanging around her neck and sighed. Then she closed it and let it drop back to her chest, wrapped her arms around her knees, and sighed again.

He started at the sound of her voice.

“What lovely music I heard coming from up here tonight—but it made me cry in my sleep. The music was crying, too.”

Dieu, he wondered, was she talking to him?

“A beautiful man whose melodies weep. How can someone like him be lonely? But I felt his pain all the way to my bed, and I wanted to take him inside me and kiss him until it went away.” She covered her face with her hands. “I can’t believe it’s you I’m telling this to.”

Gabriel asked himself again. Who in the world was she talking to?

She knelt and placed her hand on the window. “I was so lucky to be married to you, Stephen, but I need you to help me say my real last goodbye. Do it for me from your side of Heaven. Push me away, because I’m too weak to do it alone. Please let me go.”

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About the Author

Cindys Book Pic IICindy Irish writes Contemporary, Paranormal, and Speculative romance fiction. She’s a member of The Authors Guild, Romance Writers of America, as well as the Mid-Michigan and Greater Detroit RWA chapters.

Cindy lives in Michigan with her family.

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Giveaway

One GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

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Blog Tour

Follow the book tour to all of these participating blogs:

1/8/2016
Romance Novel Giveaways
Evermore Books
Yah Gotta Read This

1/9/2016
Mama Reads Hazel Sleeps
A Tattered Copy
Born to Read Books

1/10/2016
Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!
RhiReading
Blogging by Liza

1/11/2016
RoloPoloBookBlog

1/12/2016
Hart’s Romance Pulse
My Reading Reality

1/13/2016
Sultry, Steamy Reading
T&L Book Reviews

1/14/2016
Nicole’s Book Musings

1/18/2016
BookNerd
Xtreme Delusions

1/19/2016
Books Can Take You There
The Goth Girl Reads

I received a copy of this book for free from The Killion Group in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

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Blog Tour: Big Shoes by Jack Getze

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Review

I’ve always been someone who likes a good mystery and a funny book. Combining the two is great, but only if done correctly. Jack Getze is obviously someone who knows how to do it correctly! Big Shoes isn’t just a mystery, it’s a funny mystery. If you can’t laugh at Austin Carr, you can’t laugh period. I’m serious. If you can’t laugh at Austin Carr’s antics, you can’t laugh.

Some things are amusing but not truly funny. Like Austin’s obvious PTSD issues when it comes to anything that even remotely sounds like gunfire. It’s put into the story in a few amusing ways, but the reader is able to understand his reactions when he/she is reminded of what Austin recently went through. The funny thing is how his erstwhile partner, who is still recovering from what they recently went through, acts. Not so much because it’s a part of his recovery but because the actions are just funny and because honestly, it at least seems like Vic knows what he’s doing.

My favorite character though is the tough-as-nails Mama Bones. Don’t let her frail appearance fool you, she’s not all that frail. And she’s got a heart of gold, no matter what anyone else may think.

Big Shoes is fast paced at times, slow paced at others, but it works well and it’s a great book. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good, funny mystery.

Check out Big Shoes on Goodreads or purchase on Amazon.

About the Author

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A former reporter for The Los Angeles Times, Jack Getze is Fiction Editor for Anthony nominated Spinetingler Magazine, one of the internet’s oldest websites for noir, crime and horror short stories. His Austin Carr Mysteries BIG NUMBERS, BIG MONEY, BIG MOJO and this fall’s BIG SHOES are published by Down and Out Books. His short stories have appeared in A Twist of Noir, Beat to a Pulp, The Big Adios and Passages.

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Giveaway

Jack Getze is giving away 20 copies of his book, Big Shoes!

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I received a copy of this book free from the Author via Sage’s Blog Tours in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Blog Tour: The Strength of Love by G. L. Ross

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My Review

I’m going to fully admit here and now that the contemporary romance genre is not my favorite. Yes, I like it. No, it’s not my favorite. Most of the books I find are either too sappy or the characters spend more time in bed than out and it just bugs me. But that’s not the way it is with The Strength of Love by G. L. Ross. This book actually has substance and the characters don’t spend more time in than out of bed.

We all know that tragedy strikes the best of us and that it sucks. But what happens when it strikes not once but multiple times? That’s what this story is about. How even when tragedy can’t seem to leave someone alone, love is strong enough to help you get through the worst of times. The book is extremely well written and while the characters aren’t as developed as they could be, they don’t really need to be in order to enjoy this book. Sometimes, you just don’t want the characters to be to deep, you know what I mean?

I loved this book and I can’t wait to read more. Honestly – I’d love a bit more story behind Courtney & Sam..hint hint! If you like contemporary romance or are looking for a introduction into it, I highly recommend The Strength of Love.

Excerpt

The stressful phone call wipes her out mentally and physically. She walks a bit further to, her now favorite hang-out, the corner coffee shop. After receiving her caramel latte and chocolate croissant, Rachel returns to the hospital. The decadent mixture of caffeine, chocolate, and caramel, lifts her spirits and empowers her with a burst of “can-do” attitude.

Her mind flutters with inspirational thoughts and scripture. The positive, uplifting thinking allows her mind to explode with optional types of treatments and hospitals. Because of this newfound optimism, she feels, deep in her heart, Brooks will defeat the enemy invading his body. Lost in her thoughts she blows through the hospital rotating glass doors. In fact, she pushes the door, with such force, it spins harder than intended and tosses her into the hospital lobby and straight into a pair of muscular welcoming arms.

With the last bite of her delicious croissant hanging from her mouth, Rachel struggles to keep a grip on her latte as she enjoys pressing her cheek against the hard wall of an extremely nice chest. Eye level with a rippling bicep she decides if she’s going to land somewhere this is a really nice place to land.

Her eyes lower to a jean-clad thigh begging to be released from its tight, faded denim. Her mind races. Please let the face be half as nice as the other parts of his anatomy. Attempting to upright herself, even though she actually hates leaving his embrace, she says, “I am incredibly sorry. I guess I don’t know—”

Her eyes land on a pair of luscious lips she quickly recognizes, without a doubt.

“—my own strength. Marcus, oh my gracious, it seems you are always coming to my rescue.”

A smile spreads from ear to ear across his gorgeous face while Rachel absorbs him from head to toe. The man is handsome in his white doctor’s coat, but holy mackerel, Dr. Dreamy in a pair of worn jeans, cowboy boots, and a yellow, blue, and white plaid, starched, snap front, dress shirt is lethal. She blushes when she realizes the way she’s devouring him with her eyes.

“Are you all right?” he inquires, tucking her hair behind her ear. The small, intimate act sends a chill through her shaky frame. She’s about to answer his question when his index finger strokes across the bottom of her lip. Rachel moans. Yes, moans—loudly. Her mouth falls open and her eyes close as she relishes his tender touch.

“You had chocolate smeared on your lip.” Waking from her not so silent orgasmic experience, her startled eyes fly open. He smiles, before placing his finger in his mouth. Rachel stumbles backwards. Holy crap! Her body, which has been dormant from the waist down, dances to life. It takes everything in her not to grab his finger and swallow it whole. What the heck!

Marcus delights in the effect he’s having on the beautiful brunette.

Rachel remains speechless and extremely embarrassed.

“Rachel?” His smile is so wide it’s about to break his face. His hands happily stroke up and down her arms.

Finally she responds, “Oh. I am sorry—so sorry. I have tons of thoughts racing through my mind—about Brooks—of course.” She blushes.

“Of course.” There’s that smile again. Rachel knows she isn’t fooling him.

“I really should get going.”

“Glad to see you’re eating and getting fresh air.”

She walks toward the elevators mumbling, “Thanks.”

“I’ll see you two tomorrow morning.”

She enters the elevator. After pushing her floor, she rakes her eyes the length of the gorgeous doctor. A man should not be allowed to be physically fabulous and a doctor! “Yes,” she says.

“I’m sorry about this morning and the delay.”

The elevator doors are closing as she blurts, “I’m sure you’re worth the wait.”

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About The Author

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G.L. Ross is the author of the Flyboy Trilogy and the soon to be released contemporary/inspirational romance, “The Strength of Love.” To learn more about her, visit her via website, Facebook, or Twitter. She loves to hear from her fans. Also, join her street team, The Flygirls. To join, find the link on her website.

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I received a copy of this book from The Killion Group & G. L. Ross in exchange for my honest opinion. All views expressed are 100% my own.